Day in history for March 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Atkinson was named foreman of Rescue Hose Company, No. 4. Other officers are: Assistant foreman, Nicholas Newton; treasurer, Peter Frey, and secretary, Henry Rosenfield.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Athion Club gave a musical at the home of Mrs. J.F. Robinson for the benefit of the high school library.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Kiwanis Club voted support for the plan to erect a new city hall and levee through a bond issue.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The shortage of labor in the Quad-Cities is becoming steadily more critical and no quick solution is now in sight, Earl Woodring, manager of the Illinois employment office in Moline, said today. Government contract work in large volume has combined with normal production to soak up the supply of skilled workers and put a premium on their services.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island Police Benevolent Association's request for permission to have two pinball machines installed in the basement of the police station was denied by the city council. Pinball machines were legalized by the council Jan. 5 after being outlawed for 18 years. The association proposed to use the two pinball machines for the relaxation of policemen when off duty. City Manager Raymond Botch felt that the machines would not be good for public image since groups of students tour the facilities.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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